MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez

MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez

Christian conservatives flock to former telenovela star in Mexico’s presidential race

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — November 21, 2023
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Eduardo Verástegui speaks against LGBTQ+ inclusion, and if elected, he says he would do anything in his power to reverse abortion access.

Welcome to Mexican “muerteadas,” a traditional parade to portray how death can be as joyful as life

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — November 3, 2023
SAN AGUSTÍN ETLA, México (AP) — The staging of muerteadas is humorous for participants and spectators alike.

With flowers, altars and candles, Mexicans are honoring deceased relatives on the Day of the Dead

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — November 2, 2023
SANTA MARÍA ATZOMPA, México (AP) — On this date, Oaxacans don’t honor death but rather their ancestors, said the local secretary of culture, Victor Cata.

Renowned glass artist and the making of a gigantic church window featured in new film

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — November 2, 2023
VALLE DE BRAVO, Mexico (AP) — In the film, the Italian artist serves as a mentor-like figure for Tim Carey, a young American colleague who found himself facing the greatest challenge of his artistic career.

Violence forced them to flee. Now faith sustains these migrants on their journey to the US

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — October 23, 2023
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — While many places in Mexico provide shelter for Venezuelans, Haitians and Central Americans, some shelters in Tijuana have seen an influx of Mexicans fleeing violence, extortion and threats by organized crime.

Inspired by llamas, the desert and Mother Earth, these craftswomen weave sacred textiles

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — September 29, 2023
COLCHANE, Chile (AP) — Among the 3 million Aymaras who live along the borders of Chile, Perú and Bolivia, the Earth is known as “Pachamama.”

The Catholic Church defended human rights during Chile’s dictatorship. An archive tells the story

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — September 7, 2023
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The protection that Chilean Cardinal Raúl Silva Henríquez provided for Augusto Pinochet's victims had no precedent in Latin America.

Alumni grieve for Jesuit-run university seized by Nicaraguan government that transformed their lives

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — August 30, 2023
MÉXICO CITY (AP) — Ortega’s government described the university as a “center of terrorism” and seized its property, buildings and bank accounts on August 16.

Mexico’s native ethnic groups promote their heritage during Oaxaca’s biggest cultural festival

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — July 27, 2023
OAXACA, México (AP) — During the government-sponsored event, 16 Indigenous ethnic groups and the Afro-Mexican community promote their traditions through public dances, parades and craft sales.

How Mexico City’s mural movement transformed walls into art

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — May 10, 2023
MEXICO CITY (AP) — It is no coincidence that muralism was born in this place.

Mexican artisans create ‘Judas’ figures for others to burn

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — April 10, 2023
At the annual “Burning of Judas” celebration, people across Mexico gather in public plazas to destroy colorful figures made as symbolic embodiments of evil. Filled with satirical humor, the festivity is not associated with the Holy Week celebrations led by the Catholic Church in this mostly Catholic country.

Activists’ network in Mexico helps U.S. women get abortions

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — April 5, 2023
CHIHUAHUA, Mexico (AP) — Marea Verde Chihuahua has created a nationwide network that has secured abortion access for Mexican and foreign women, whether or not abortion is legal where they live.

In Mexico, Day of the Dead is actually a celebration of life

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — October 31, 2022
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The living remember and honor their dearly departed, but with celebration — not sorrow.
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